You won’t believe what viral content does to news – the fastest-growing forms of online ‘content’ are click-bait headlines and videos

“News is what somebody does not want you to print. All the rest is advertising,” runs the journalists’ mantra, variously ascribed to publishers William Randolph Hearst and Lord Northcliffe. If so, news is being deluged.In 2014, the fastest-growing form of online “content” is an epidemic of heartwarming videos (“One Mother Did Something Illegal To Help Her Kids, And This Cop Was Totally, Unexpectedly Cool”), funny lists (“33 Reasons Miley Cyrus Was Actually The Best Thing To Happen To 2013”) and click-bait headlines from sites such as BuzzFeed, Upworthy and ViralNova.Rather than being found on news sites or through search engines, they flourish on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter.
http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/05c084ae-69cc-11e3-89ce-00144feabdc0.html

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